I have an admission to make, which is that I find I don’t always have the right words to express myself. Photography has singlehandedly contributed to my ability to communicate with others because I can show people what I mean instead of trying to find the feeling in language. So, you could say that photography is kind of like my superpower, really. My photos bring me into a realm of communication that bypasses the spoken word. Also, I can fly. But that’s totally a secret.

My first camera was a Pentax K1000—all metal, all manual, all the time. I had to keep the lens cap on the lens so as not to drain the battery. It was stressful. Nowadays, I still prefer simplicity.  

The first photo I ever developed myself was back in the Pentax days. I developed the photo in my bathtub. I was 12. It was a photo of a boyfriend. That’s all I’m gonna say about that. Now my favorite subjects include anything I’ve never seen before, anything I hope to look at again in 50 years, and anything I want to pass on to my two boys. If I’m lucky (and I’m usually pretty lucky), all of these bases are covered in a single shot.

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